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Category Archives: War on Terror
Rebranding the War on Terror for the age of Obama: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and the promotion of extra judicial killing
The Oscar-nominated film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ has sparked debate on its justification of torture, its misuse of facts, and its pro-CIA agenda. While the focus of the debate has been on whether torture was necessary to track Osama bin Laden, scant attention has been paid to the larger, more significant message of this film: that extra judicial killing is good.
On Saturday, four Maryland state officials from the Republican Party are scheduled to speak at a conference featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller. The Maryland branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations is calling for the officials to pull out, but at least one official has rejected that call. CAIR is also organizing a protest outside the conservative conference.
A government watchdog group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, has filed a lawsuit in federal court aimed at forcing the Central Intelligence Agency to release a report that provided details about the agency’s collaboration with the New York Police Department’s program of surveillance of Muslim communities across the Northeast.
A 31-year-old woman pushed a Hindu man to his death in New York City because she thought he was Muslim. In response, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: ‘It’s a very tragic case, but what we want to focus on today is the overall safety in New York.’
The US used a bogus vaccination program in Pakistan as a cover for seeking DNA samples that might lead to bin Laden. So no wonder 9 UN vaccination workers were killed in Pakistan this week
70 people gathered in the basement of Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village to hear about anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. The event was organized by the Jews Against Islamophobia coalition.
Ahmed Ferhani, a 27-year-old Algerian immigrant, pled guilty to charges of terrorism. He will likely get 10 years in prison. But his case raised questions about how the New York Police Department treats terrorism cases, with lawyers charging that Ferhani was targeted and entrapped by an undercover agent who spent years looking for potential Muslim extremists in New York City.
Foreign policy played a minor role in a presidential election that focused on jobs, jobs, jobs. But like it or not, the United States is part of a global community in turmoil, and U.S. policies often help fuel that turmoil. The peace movement, decimated during the first Obama term because so many people were unwilling to be critical of President Obama, has a challenge today to re-activate itself, and to increase its effectiveness by forming coalitions with other sectors of the progressive movement. Over the next four years, this movement must grapple with key issues such as the Afghan war, killer drone attacks, maintaining peace with Iran, US policy vis-a-vis Israel and Palestine, and the bloated Pentagon budget.
David Petraeus’ career ended in humiliation on account of adultery, not the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the U.S. government in the Petraeus-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, or the expansion of the CIA’s Predator campaign in Yemen, or his role behind a recent push to expand the agency’s drone fleet.
‘Any American, whether Obama or Mitt Romney, is cruel’: Pakistani drone victims respond to the US election
Warshameen Jaan Haji, whose neighborhood was struck by a drone last week, told Reuters on the eve of the U.S. election. “I lost my wife in the drone attack and my children are injured. Whatever happens, it will be bad for Muslims.”
Anti-Muslim politicians were kicked out of office last night, including Adam Hasner, Allen West and Joe Walsh. National Muslim organizations celebrated the results today.
Medea Benjamin visits Obama’s counterterrorism chief John Brennan at home to talk with him about her recent trip to Pakistan and the effects of US drones.
‘Material support’ law used in Holy Land 5 case is how U.S. government harasses Palestine solidarity activists
The Holy Land Five case was hardly the first time the “material support” law has been used against those advocating for Palestinian rights. It is a favored tool of the government to go after Palestine solidarity activists.
Medea Benjamin has been awarded the 2012 Peace Prize by The US Peace Memorial Foundation in recognition of “Creative Leadership on the Front Lines of the Antiwar Movement”.
The Supreme Court has denied the Holy Land Five appeal and will not be issuing a decision in the case. This almost definitely marks the end of the legal appeal process. Above, a rally for the Holy Land Five in New York City last week.
US immigration officials detain and interrogate Imran Khan about drones and who’s pushing the State Department
U.S. Immigration detained Imran Khan in Canada on Saturday as he was boarding a plane for New York to attend a fundraiser. They interrogated him for 2 hours over his views on drones. Khan made big waves last month leading … Continue reading
An ‘industry’ built on hate: How the right-wing successfully brought anti-Muslim bigotry into the American mainstream
Alex Kane reviews Nathan Lean’s new book, The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims. The book, a compact and punchy look at this hate industry, points to how it stretches across continents and has sowed hatred of Muslims into the fabric of Western society.
Culture Project in partnership with CODEPINK presents — Blueprint for Accountability: Drone Warfare
Monday, October 29
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UN announces investigation into legality of US drone attacks, special rapporteur says some may be war crimes
The Guardian: “The United Nations is to set up a dedicated investigations unit in Geneva early next year to examine the legality of drone attacks in cases where civilians are killed in so-called “targeted” counter-terrorism operations.”
No matter who wins the election next month, one thing’s for sure: the next president will inherit the Obama administration’s program of escalated drone strikes that have killed scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan. Mondoweiss interviews Naureen Shah of the Columbia Law School on a new report about the accuracy of organizations documenting casualties from drone strikes. The report seeks to debunk the “false assurances” from groups like the New America Foundation who claim that civilians are rarely killed by drone strikes.
Robert Gibbs justifies the US drone killing of 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki by saying he should have had a more “responsible father.”
Shamiur Rahman, an informant who is a 19-year-old Bengali-American, has denounced his former work and says the New York Police Department (NYPD) instructed him to “bait” Muslims in New York into talking about terrorism.
The U.S. policy of CIA drone strikes is getting global attention. Albeit, still not enough and it’s been a long time coming. This media blackout is about to change big time. How can I tell it’s broken through? A conversation between Joe Scarborough and Joe Klein on Morning Joe.
In my last post, I noted the false choice that seemed to be emerging amidst all the outpouring of grief (and a certain amount of hoopla) surrounding the shooting of Malala: In other words, stop the U.S. drone attacks or the Taliban. Since then, that debate has now come front and center, along with a growing suspicion among sectors of the public of everyone involved. Two narratives. Two agendas. Both have merit, but instead of the parties working together for mutual good, an epic battle is shaping up.
Both U.S. and Israeli ambassadors to the UN addressed Hezbollah at the UN Security Council meeting yesterday after Hezbollah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah confirmed on Saturday it was Hezbollah who sent the drone shot down by Israel. U.S. Ambassador Susan … Continue reading